St Augustin, Germany – Hennecke has launched a new generation of Streamline high-pressure metering machines for resin transfer moulding and RIM applications.
Hennecke said that the first generation of machines was built as research and development equipment. Fore example, Hennecke donated a machine to an in-mould painting project with the Kunststoff-Institut Ludenscheid (KIMW) in 2017. These machines were primarily used to design products which would then go on to serial production.
The new Mark 2 machines are designed for serial production in HP-RTM , Clearrim and clearmelt processes, the company said.
It added that the new Mk2 machines have a number of improvements over the first generation machines. This includes a different construction method which makes Mark 2 machines physically smaller than the first generation machines.
The Mk2 machines are built on a mobile chassis which can be lifted by crane. Other developments include a wireless operator panel, which frees the operator from physical contact with the machine. Quick-locking mechanisms are used to join heating and metering cabins.
This makes it easy to exchange components such as the high-pressure pump easily, said the firm.
New MK2 Streamline machines will be available from January 2019.